Saturday, June 25, 2011

Artists: Don't Miss This Year's Worldcon

The following post is from John Picacio's blog. I'm reposting it here because it's IMPORTANT:
(Art by Worldcon Artist GoH Boris Vallejo.)
I'm stoked about this year's World Science Fiction Convention in Reno. Kudos to Colin Harris, Anne Gray, Laurie Mann, Jannie Shea, Laura Domitz, Joni Dashoff, Patti Wells and company for working overtime to make this the best Worldcon for sf/f artists in years.

If you're an established pro, an aspiring pro, or anywhere in between, this is the year to do Worldcon. Don't wait 'til next year. Don't wait 'til the year after. This one. Why? Because Worldcon is offering new opportunities for registered, participating Worldcon artists and there's zero guarantee these features will be carried on in future years.

Check 'em out:

1. FREE Artist Tables in the Dealers' Room: Worldcon has reserved two free tables in the Dealer's Room for artists to interact with fans and the con at-large. Artists can chat, sign and sell artwork (other than what has been placed in the Art Show), sculpt, sketch, or whatever. This space will be in the section of the Dealers' Room closest to the Art Show, which will be set up as an Artist Alley. Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell and others will have tables there; details here. ONLY Art Show participants are being offered this opportunity to reserve an Artist Alley table for two hours at a time to promote their work - at no cost to the artists (although Nevada sales tax rules apply). Email to schedule a time slot or two at these special tables in Artist Alley.

2. 'Meet the Artist' Events: There will be two Meet The Artist events in the Art Show during the convention. The first is part of Art Night and runs from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM on Thursday. Some artists will be scheduled to do demos and panels at 8:00 PM. The second event will be Saturday morning at 11:00 AM. Should be a lot of fun as it gives Art Show artists and art lovers a chance to visit and hang out.

3. Artist Showcase Booklet: For the first time, Worldcon will print a full-color collectible booklet for sale at the convention, featuring artist info and galleries. Only registered Art Show artists will be featured. Brilliant move by this year's Worldcon art committee folks. I'm really looking forward to seeing this.

4. Illustration Masterclass taught by Richard Hescox: Learn from a Chesley Award-winning painting master. This opportunity is worth the price of admission by itself for aspiring artists. Spread the word about this one. I think this is a very cool opportunity on the part of Richard and Worldcon. Space is limited. Don't miss out!

5. Art Portfolio Reviews: Another invaluable opportunity for all job-seeking artists. Portfolio reviews by Guest of Honor Boris Vallejo and a range of industry Art Directors including Jon Schindehette, Lou Anders and David Palumbo. Again, space is limited. Tell your friends, but if I were you, I'd apply as soon as possible.

6. The Chesley Awards: Of course, the Chesleys are not new to the Worldcon effort. They're a tradition, especially when Worldcon is stateside. And they'll be the highlight of Worldcon's Art Night festivities on Thursday evening. The Chesleys are the awards administered by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists and ASFA will again host the Chesleys this year.

I love what Worldcon is doing this year. Amongst the art stars attending: Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Dave Palumbo, Bob Eggleton, Richard Hescox, Lee Moyer, Vincent Villafranca, Martina Pilcerova, Alan Beck, Anthony Palumbo, Winona Nelson, Irene Gallo, Lou Anders, and Jon Schindehette. And many more besides them. Not too late to join the fun. This is gonna be an amazing show. :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Heaven's Shadow: An Interview with David S. Goyer and Michael Cassutt

Heaven's ShadowThe SF Signal Pocast hits its 60th episode today. Always a great podcast, this week's episode is either improved or debased by the introduction of... me. SF Signal kindly asked me to interview David S. Goyer ( Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of the blockbuster films The Dark Knight and Batman Begins) and Michael Cassutt (The Twilight Zone, Red Moon) about their new novel Heaven's Shadow. Both authors impressed me mightily with their knowledge about both classic and contemporary literary SF and the ideas they have brought to bear in Heaven's Shadow. Please check out the podcast and the book.

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Dervish House nominated for the John W. Campbell Best Novel Award

The Dervish HouseThe Center for the Study of Science Fiction have announced the 2011 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalists. I am thrilled to share the news that Ian McDonald's novel, The Dervish House, is among the finalists. This honor joins The Dervish House's Hugo nomination, Arthur C. Clarke nomination, Locus Award nomination, and BSFA win. At this point, I don't think it's even biased of me to say that if you haven't read The Dervish House yet, you really should.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

All About eBooks with Sam Sykes

Tome of the Undergates (The Aeons' Gate, Book 1)Sam Sykes, (Tome of the Undergates, Black Halo) has written a post entitled "All About eBooks" that rather succinctly explains why good things take time. The post also contains "a Dante’s Inferno-style biography of Lou Anders that I’m calling The Anderman." 

Here's an excerpt:
Canto 6, Verse 22
And because I showed no fear, he wanted me to know more,
thus he opened the doors and I beheld them: shackled to their desks,
in life hereafter as they had been in life waking.  Perhaps it was
the editor’s great sin that he be damned to a hell without love lost,
knives in the belly, soddering irons in the flesh, fire in the spirit.
Nay, we had lived too long and too little to earn anything but this.
Our hell was repetition.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

2011 Chesley Award Finalists

The Ragged Man (Twilight Reign, Book Four)Ares ExpressASFA, the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, have announced the 2011 Chesley Award Finalists. I'm thrilled to be nominated for a fourth time in the category of Best Art Director (I won in 2009), and equally happy to see two Pyr cover illustrations make the list. Congratulations to Todd Lockwood for his nomination for the cover for Tom LLoyd's The Ragged Man and to Stephan Martiniere for his nomination for the cover illustration for Ian McDonald's Ares Express. Both are in the category of Best Paperback. And congratulations to all the nominees. Please follow the link above and check out all the amazing work.